On Saturday, June 14, a true master of tech house music will be coming to Audio Nightclub in San Francisco’s SOMA district to drop untz-bombs on the dance floor. A few words of advice right off the bat: if you plan on attending this show (which, at a mere $10 per ticket, gives you Bay Area bassaholics no excuse not to), you should probably forgo your daily workout, as in the words of the LA-based DJ/producer, “I want to make people really dance, I’m not talking about doing a little shuffle but genuinely rocking. I want them to bang their heads and have the time of their lives.”
Is there any better way to spend your Saturday night?
And you better believe that this guy (real name Gary Richards) knows a thing or two about how to spend a Saturday night, because when he’s not showcasing his talents behind a mixing table with the likes of Rusko, Diplo, The Bloody Beetroots, and Fatboy Slim, Destructo has spent the last two decades organizing some of the most iconic events in the electronic music scene, including launching the Los Angeles late-night hotspot “The Downtown Standard At Night.” In addition, he is the founder of the legendary Los Angeles HARD festival series (consisting of HARD SUMMER, HARD Day of the Dead, and the three-day electronic music cruise Holy Ship!), which he created all the way back in 2007, when EDM was just starting to take a hold in the States.
But these days Richards is trying to step out from behind the curtain, and with his years of experience comes a truly unique, grounded perspective: “I was always the behind-the-scenes guy. Now that I’m in the front, I don’t take it for granted. I know how lucky I am to have this chance, and I never want to disappoint. The ball is in my hands.”
And he has made the most of his opportunity. Indeed, Richards has quickly made a name for himself under the Destructo moniker, releasing a trio of singles that in short order became festival staples, including the sultry and uber catchy jam “Higher,” which perfectly represents his production style—that being “to keep it electronic, techno, a bit heavy, but also funky.” The video for this song, which features the gorgeous Bekka Gunther, is definitely worth a watch:
Last but not least, Destructo has a new EP set for release later this year, so you can bet that he will be breaking off ripe material during his live set. Make sure to visit Audio’s website and grab passes to this Saturday’s show for you and your friends at http://audiosf.com/tickets/.